MILLBURN, NJ – After getting rained out last year, United States Marines successfully landed four military aircraft on the Millburn High School football field on Friday under sunny skies. At 10:00 am an MV-22 Osprey, a CH53 Super Stallion Helicopter, a UH-1 Huey Helicopter and an AH-1 Super Cobra Helicopter touched down to create static displays for the students to explore and interact with members of Marine Air Ground Task Force.
Students had the opportunity to speak with the pilots of each aircraft and gain a better understanding of their journey into the Marine Corps. Additionally, students and community members learned about military working dogs, how robotic ordinance are used on the battlefield and what types of weapons systems are employed by the infantry division.
The aircraft and crews departed at 2:00 pm to rejoin their units for Fleet Week happening in and around New York City until May 29.
The Marine Air Ground Task Force provided the following information on each aircraft.
MV-22 Osprey has the maneuverability of a helicopter and the ability to carry 24 Marine combat troops twice as fast and five times farther than previous helicopters, the Osprey greatly enhances the advantages Marines have over their enemies.
The CH-53 is the heavy-lift helicopter of the Marine Corps and can carry a 26,000-pound Light Armored Vehicle, 16 tons of cargo 50 miles and back, or enough combat-loaded Marines to lead an assault or humanitarian operation.
The UH-1 Huey helicopter uses its versatility, to re-supply the troops on the ground,inserting and extracting patrols, and can mount a variety of weapons on the aircraft.
The AH-1 Super Cobra helicopters form the backbone of the Marine Corps’ air-ground task force and act as on-call close air support platforms for Marines under fire. Cobras are also used for ground attack coordination,with pilots trained to call in artillery or mortars on positions while orbiting above the battlefield.